Bronze Age Flat Axe

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I was out detecting with my Minelab on a warm spring day and searching in an area of a pasture field that had previously been too water logged to bother with. I'd been detecting for about half an hour when I picked up a loud and very wide signal. I immediately thought, "beer can".

Well, I can't begin to describe how I felt when I unearthed the target. This was my first Bronze Age find. An early Bronze Age flat axe decorated with a "rain and dot" pattern. I'm sure it had been disturbed at some point because it was lying at an angle and only about 6 inches down.

The axe was recorded, photographed and drawn at the National Museum in Cardiff. The museum dated it to circa 1700 B.C. and thought it was almost certainly from Ireland.

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